Liverpool face being disqualified from the Carabao Cup because the EFL has opened an investigation into the eligibility of one of many gamers they fielded in opposition to MK Dons on Wednesday.
Jurgen Klopp fielded a much-changed beginning XI in midweek because the Reds beat the League Two facet 2-Zero of their third spherical tie.
Nevertheless, a type of included, 22-year-old Pedro Chirivella, might not have met the registration standards – associated to an Worldwide Switch Certificates concern.
The EFL has the authority to effective or eject the membership from the competitors altogether, however sources informed Aim that they imagine there shall be a powerful mitigation.
“The membership are conscious of a possible administrative concern pertaining to certainly one of our gamers,” a press release issued by Liverpool mentioned.
“We’re working with the related authorities with the intention to set up the details of the matter and shall be making no additional remark till this course of is full.”
The Reds made 11 modifications to the group that beat Chelsea 2-1 within the Premier League, as Herbie Kane and Sepp van den Berg made their debuts in opposition to MK Dons and Caoimhin Kelleher, Rhian Brewster and Harvey Elliott additionally featured.
Even when the Anfield outfit are discovered responsible of the offence, precedent suggests they’re more likely to be handed a effective.
The EFL hit Sunderland with a monetary sanction in 2014 after they fielded striker Ji Dong-Gained within the competitors – additionally in opposition to MK Dons.
The South Korean additionally featured in 4 Premier League matches, resulting in the membership being fined by each our bodies.
That case additionally associated to a registration error, because the Black Cats didn’t realise they required worldwide clearance to discipline Ji upon his return from mortgage at German facet Augsburg.
However one of many mitigating components within the Ji case was that Sunderland had been shedding when the attacker was taken off, although they then went on to win Four-2.
Sunderland went on to succeed in the cup last that season, the place they misplaced to Manchester Metropolis.
Liverpool have been paired with Arsenal within the fourth spherical of this yr’s competitors and can host Unai Emery’s facet at Anfield on October 30.